“God revealed to me that my heart is turning cold… Through the retreat, God spoke to me with His ever gentle voice that He loves me!”
“Am I already in a place of comfort? I want to know God’s direction in my life.”
“I didn’t know that I was already tired! I want to minister out of my overflow.”
These are just some of the reflections of Filipino missionaries who participated in the “Refresh My Heart” missionary care (MCare) retreat in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Missionary life is overflowing with God’s abounding blessings. It is also filled with challenges. The reality of stress, sacrifice, and hardships in the pursuit of spreading God’s love and His saving power was evident when Asian Center for Missions gathered God’s faithful workers at the Lanna Palace Hotel. It was missionary care in action! As David sang in his song of ascents, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”
It was a privilege for Asian Center for Missions to be part of caring for His missionaries in this retreat. It was a picture of God’s word in John being fulfilled: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
God’s love overflowed in every activity, worship, message, and umpukan—a Filipino tradition of gathering together and sharing each other’s burdens. Through the umpukan sessions, missionaries and MCare volunteers were able to debrief and pray for one another. Through the ministry of listening, the Holy Spirit ministered and brought healing in the hearts and souls of God’s frontliners.
Together, graduates and staff of Asian Center for Missions learned that God’s desire is for their hearts to burn with His love and passion. Their responsibility is to, first and foremost, care for each other and then minister out of the overflow. They need to be healthy so they can take good care of God’s sheep.
“Kumusta ang iyong kalooban?” How is your soul or innermost being? This became the greeting in the retreat. Everyone became a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, and a prayer partner to each other.
Asian Center for Missions would like to thank the following who lovingly gave their time, talent, and treasure to make this retreat possible, but prefers not to be recognized: Bangkok missionaries working hand in hand with Chiang Mai missionaries in organizing the retreat; Asian Center for Missions staff who raised their own funds to join the retreat and help in the event; missionaries who sponsored other missionaries on their transportation needs and registration fees; CBN Asia employees, family, and friends who sponsored the registration of some missionaries and gave pasalubong from home, such as sinigang mix, chocnut, cheese, Boy Bawang, and corned beef; and MCare volunteers from all walks of life—housewives, business people, teachers, and college students.
“Refresh My Heart” is truly a perfect example of Global Bayanihan in doing missionary care! | by Deedee Hermoso, Asian Center for Missions
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Missionaries need care as they face the battle head on. They face all kinds of adjustment being in a different culture.
We can be part of what they’re doing for the Kingdom by caring for them. Call Asian Center for Missions now at (02) 840-0975 to inquire about their missionary care program.